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IPL 2022 – Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 31 – Match Preview

The Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore are the second and third teams to reach eight points in the standings, respectively. And their respective IPL journeys have been comparable as well. Both teams began with a loss, won a hat-trick of games, and then lost the next game. Now, as they prepare for their encounter at the DY Patil Stadium, both teams are confident of adding another victory to their resumes as they square off to break the symmetry they’ve maintained thus far.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s biggest concern will be the top order, as skipper Faf du Plessis and previous captain Virat Kohli have combined for just one fifty-plus score in 12 innings. Du Plessis began his career with an 88-run innings against Punjab Kings, which he scored at a strike rate of 154, whereas Kohli batted 41 not out off 29 balls in same game. Since then, du Plessis has scored 66 runs in five innings, averaging less than a run per ball. Kohli’s sequence following RCB’s opening game reads: 12, 5, 48, 1, and 12, with an overall strike rate of 101.42 in these five games. While Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik have concealed RCB’s top-order woes, they will welcome some runs there. Meanwhile, RCB will take heart from Mohammed Siraj’s improved performance in the past game – an economy rate of 7.75 and two wickets – after previously going for a lot of runs.

For LSG, KL Rahul leading from the front with a tonne against MI would have thrilled the management, especially after a couple of low-scoring performances. Marcus Stoinis, who has been with the club for the last two games, has looked promising, while Manish Pandey getting involved in the runs in the last game will help enhance the team’s confidence. However, they will be concerned about their overseas paceman Dushmantha Chameera’s proclivity for leaking runs. In two games, he has gone for 12 or more in an over, and LSG will want him to tighten up.


Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 31 – Pitch Report


While teams have historically chosen to pursue in twilight games, the last two here have been won by teams batting first. RCB tasted loss at the hands of CSK, while Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in the previous evening game played here. Both times, the side batting second was attempting to reach a lofty total.


Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 31 – Tactics and Lineups


Lucknow Super Giants


While Dinesh Karthik has a high strike rate against pace (248.33), he has struggled against spin. His strike rate against slower bowlers is 141.17, but drops to 75 against wrist spin, with the wicketkeeper batsman managing only 12 off 16 attempts. Rajasthan Royals withheld an over from Yuzvendra Chahal, while Delhi Capitals withheld the final over from Kuldeep Yadav. LSG could be able to accomplish the same thing with Ravi Bishnoi.

Predicted Lineup – KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi


Royal Challengers Bangalore


LSG have been the most effective spinners in the middle overs. They have bowled as much as 37 overs of spin during this stage, more than any other side, have the greatest economy rate (6.08), and have taken the most wickets (10) with spin in the middle overs. RCB, on the other hand, have Maxwell, who has scored 62 runs off 28 deliveries in three matches and might be the deciding factor in the side’s ability to neutralise LSG’s spin danger.

Predicted Lineup –  Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj


Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 31 – Trivia


KL Rahul has 501 runs against RCB and has an average of 83.50 against them. This is the highest average a player has ever had against an opponent in the Indian Premier League (Min. 400 runs). Jos Buttler is in second with an average of 80 versus MI.

Rahul and Quinton de Kock have combined for 863 runs against RCB, including one hundred and two fifties each.

Harshal Patel has bowled nine overs at the death and is yet to claim a wicket. In the previous season, he took 21 wickets at the death.